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Thread: How to paint hardwood flooring?

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    How to paint hardwood flooring?

    I am creating an image at the moment where someone is standing on a kind of pine floor but I do not know how to paint all the little wood details on without making a mess. Does anyone know of a technique that might help? i am thinking there might be some trick with the palette knife where I could 'drag' the colour around to create the illusion of wood. If anyone has any advice I would be grateful.

    Thanks in anticipation,
    Windows XP (SP3), Pentium 4 @ 3GHz, 2Gb RAM. WACOM Bamboo MTE-450. ArtRage 3 Studio Pro

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    To do that, you *don't* paint the wood texture.

    To do it you need to make the colors look like hardwood flooring under this lighting in this room. Suggest a directional texture if you need to. But the main way to show something is not reproducing its precise texture; it's reproducing the visual impression. Once you pinpoint which colors to use in the light and in the shadows, it will "magically" look like floor with just a little texture to it to suggest planks and/or wood grain.

    Wood grain would probably be too small to see on the floor anyway, so you have to hint on it, not draw all of it.

    That said, you could use virtually any tool to create a subtle directional texture - drag with an almost dry brush, make a rake sticker, use the edge palette knife, even a pencil or gloop pen...

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    You might want to look here:

    http://photoshoptextures.com/wood-te...d-textures.htm

    download and use File, Import to layer and then use it as a guide or for the background.

    or if you have photoshop elements or photoshop or even Gimp - this might help:

    http://www.insidegraphics.com/photos...al_texture.asp

    And these would make good reference pictures:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/designr...7604132262342/

    Hope this helps,

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    @ arenhaus,
    Yes you have basically confirmed exactly what I was thinking about it. i haven't been brave enought to make any experiments yet but I might post an image later to show you what I am doing.

    @ Judith,
    I was actually trying to get away from texturing the image but I have been looking at several reference image like those already to try and get things right.

    Thanks,
    Windows XP (SP3), Pentium 4 @ 3GHz, 2Gb RAM. WACOM Bamboo MTE-450. ArtRage 3 Studio Pro

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